The Iconoclast

Saturday, 03 January 2009
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Breaking news from The Telegraph Israel has launched a ground invasion of Gaza, sending a column of troops and tanks into the Palestinian territory to destroy Hamas rocket launchers. The incursion, which began under cover of darkness near Beit Lahiya near Gaza’s northern border, represents a ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 1:38 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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Actually this piece has several stories from Panda the amazing guide horse to Sadie the African Grey parrot who talks her owner out of becoming psychotic and hurting people. See here. (“It’s O.K., Jim. Calm down, Jim. You’re all right, Jim. I’m here, Jim.”). ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 1:25 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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The Guarrdian: A new £4.7m primary school in Sheffield is facing criticism for dropping the word "school" from its title after governors decided the term had "negative connotations". The headteacher of Sheffield's Watercliffe Meadow, Linda Kingdon, said the south Yorkshire ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 1:13 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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I am pleasantly surprised by the BBC reporting (on the news website - I have not heard the TV report) of the demonstrations in London, Glasgow and elsewhere in the UK today. The Guardian sounds quite approving, as one would expect, of the shoe throwing and chants of "Intifada now!". The ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 1:05 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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It has just been announced on Dr Who Confidential that the 11th Doctor, who will take over the role from David Tennant next year will be played by Matt Smith. Who? At 26 he is the youngest actor ever to take the role. Thankfully he is male. And now I know I am old. When Willian Hartnell played ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 12:32 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKa1_A1jHfs&feature=related ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 10:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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On New Year's Day, I was watching Judge Judy, as you do when you've had a late and bibulous night. I'll be honest, even without a hangover, I like Judge Judy. I like the way she tells some dozy bint that to lend her even dozier boyfriend her credit card is "not smart". I like the way she tells ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 8:57 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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Muslims care about each other, don't they? We non-Muslims are continually enjoined to understand that Muslims feel the pain of their Brothers and Sisters. A cartoon in Denmark can cause rage in Bradford, and we must sympathise. Richard Landes at Pajamas Media gives an example of ummah solidarity: At ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 8:34 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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Lord Ahmed is not the first person to think that his wealth and title put him above the law. Members of the Royal Family have been prosecuted for speeding, though I imagine that isn't so bad if you have a chauffeur and the fine is just peanuts. But with Lord Ahmed, there is the extra dimension of being ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 8:10 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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Fred Leder and Ricky Greenfield have written this important piece published in Israpundit, "Is a Two State solution a Roadmap to Disaster" on why Israel should drop pursuit of the two-state solution.  A two state solution voids Israel's long term security and leaves the Jewish state vulnerable ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 7:52 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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In this posting at the NER I mentioned the Great Curse. Some few of my friends have emailed me and asked what the Great Curse actually is; in other words – what was I referring to when I used those words. I was referring to the Great Curse as given out by, uttered as a curse by, +Gavin Dunbar, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 7:18 AM by John Joyce
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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"The visiting British leader, who belongs to Kashmir, added: ‘Israel and India are jointly massacring the innocent Muslims in Palestine and the occupied Kashmir.’ -- from this news report in Pakistan A little more on Lord Ahmed from Wikipedia (with footnotes left in):  In December ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 7:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday he hoped sense would prevail in Pakistan over tackling militancy and reiterated a demand that Islamabad hand over those suspected of plotting the deadly attacks in Mumbai. "We are committed to rooting out terrorism and we sincerely ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 6:58 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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From the Daily Mail Exiled hate preacher Omar Bakri has ordered his followers to convert aliens to Islam. The extraordinary instruction was issued during a bizarre rant posted on an extremist website. The Syrian-born imam, who is notorious for praising the 9/11 bombers, told Muslims to not only spread ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 6:36 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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From The New Straits Times KUALA LUMPUR: The Roman Catholic Church of Malaysia has rejected the three conditions imposed on it by the Home Ministry in the approval of the annual publishing permit of its weekly. The publishers of the Herald and Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Tan Sri Murphy ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2009 4:18 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 03 January 2009
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Posted on 01/03/2009 12:45 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 02 January 2009
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Americans may be unfamiliar with the first Muslim member of the House of Lords, who is currently in Pakistan and unavailable for comment, save this one,  and for obvious reasons may not be returning any time soon. So, without further ado, make the acquaintance of a member of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2009 9:58 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 02 January 2009
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Lord Nazir Ahmad: Muslim Nations Should Boycott Israel Lord Nazir Ahmad, a member of the British House of Lords, has told journalists in Islamabad that the Muslim nations should launch a diplomatic boycott of Israel in the wake of the missile attacks in Gaza. Lord Ahmad also urged the Arab League ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2009 9:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 02 January 2009
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTTP61_9Acc To put the last into its context, and without the music, click on the link below, then start viewing at about 18:36, so as to get a better, possibly even more comical, sense of things. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qvx0cKjEGg Here is the the scene ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2009 7:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 02 January 2009
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  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEhlOix6TI0&feature=related   ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2009 12:45 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 02 January 2009
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From an article in  "The Local," an English-language on-line paper about Sweden: The Swedish government has received plaudits from the opposition Social Democrats over new figures which show that state appointments are in line with Sweden's diversity.   A report compiled ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2009 9:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 02 January 2009
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The Fast Jihadists -- of Hamas, Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Toiba, and a thousand other groups, groupuscules, and tens of millions of eager individual Muslims -- tend not to mince words. They are not quite as worldly, not quite as well-versed in the need to temporarily win from the West arms and economic aid ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2009 9:01 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 02 January 2009
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js3Tp9HIsvk&feature=related ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2009 8:46 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 02 January 2009
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"I know he is in good hands, that they will take care of him with devotion." Whose are these words? The words of the father of a boy from Gaza. The boy is being treated in an Israeli hospital, which will increase his chances of making a full recovery. The father's confidence ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2009 7:54 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 02 January 2009
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From Mareeg on Line Reports received from Baidoa town [seat of parliament in southwestern Somalia] say that unidentified gunmen have shot dead a woman wearing a veil in the town's main market. The report further says that the woman has had a close relationship with the Ethiopian soldiers stationed ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/02/2009 3:57 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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